Key Verse: Verse 14 – “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Key Words: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
For the apostle Paul, each day was the continuation of an exciting and challenging race. He wasn't striving to gain entrance into heaven; he was confident of being welcomed there through his faith in Christ's atoning work on the cross. The apostle's concern was to be at his best for the Savior - to grow in His likeness and to realize in daily experience the power of his resurrection (Phil 3:10). This meant forgetting what was behind, letting neither success nor failure hinder his growth. It meant pressing on till the day he would hear his Master say, Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23.
John Baker, a high school junior, surprised everyone by winning his first cross-country race. He outran the state champion and set a new record. Later he said that as he was running he asked himself, "Am I doing my best?" This question motivated him to try just a little harder. Rather than being discouraged by the runner in front of him, he would determine to pass him - somehow! When he did, he set another goal of passing the next runner, and the next. By giving his all and letting nothing distract him, he found an unexpected reserve of power that ultimately brought him to victory.
Something of that determination must keep us moving forward as believers. Victory does not come to those who are easily turned aside, or who are less than wholehearted in their commitment and service. Let's ask ourselves, "Am I doing my best for Christ?" This will help us “press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining everyday -
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
What to do:
✞ Be determined to always do your best for God.
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